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PHUKET: The Islanders dropped one place to sixth of the 18-team Yamaha League One (YL1), after playing out yet another draw – this time to Bangkok FC in a tense yet thrilling 1-1 dead-lock on Saturday evening in Thailand’s capital.

Bangkok also lost their 3rd place standing, falling into 4th as a result of the draw and in conjunction with results of other matches this weekend.

The game, both sides’ 19th of the 34 fixture list in the 2013 Yamaha League One season, was played in front of about 4,000 spectators at Bangkok’s Chalerm Prakiet Stadium in Bang Mod district in Thonburi, just off the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

The stadium’s east and west stands were jam-packed with orange and black “Iron Bulls” and “Bulligans” fans, while the hardly-noticeable visitor’s contingent comprised of some 30 Bangkok-based Phuket supporters.

As to the reason for the unusual absence of a respectable Phuket away-game contingent, there is no doubt that die-hard Hulk supporters, who usually attend such away matches, were still devastated from their recent, disappointing FA Cup road trip to Muang Thong (story here).

Nonetheless, it was Phuket who drew first blood to silence the energetic Bangkok fans in only the 8th minute. The Islander’s new Thai signing from Chonburi, Sukree Etae beat the Bangkok keeper at the far post after a meandering run which carved up the Bulls’ defense.

Back-and-forth play ensued and the home team would eventually find the equalizer through speedy Ghanaian striker Samuel Donquah, beating Phuket’s keeper at the far post on 27 minutes, topping his team’s celebration with an impressive display of acrobats to the pleasure of much of the stadium (click here for the goals and match highlights).

Despite commendable attacking attempts by both sides, and a highly anticipated debut of Phuket’s key new signing, Cristian Alex – on-loan from top tier Brazilian club Cruzeiro – the only mentionable highlight in the rest of the match were a series of abusive verbal and physical exchanges – although no one managed to get ‘carded’ for dissent.

Knocking Phuket out of 5th spot on Sunday was Gulf Saraburi, who prevailed 2-0 away to lowly, Khon Kaen; Bangkok were also bumped down by the Singhtharuea Port Lions who downed Trat at home 3-0.

The Port Lions now have 34 points – six more than Phuket and Saraburi and two more than Bangkok; PTT Rayong sealed their 2nd place standing on 41 points after their 1-0 home win to Nakhon Pathom, while Air Force still hang on in 1st place with 43 points, despite losing on the road to Krabi on Sunday.

The Andaman Eagle’s new Brazilian signing, Valci Junior – previously of Rayong United – has nine goals this season – eight from his old side on the Eastern Seaboard, and now one with his new team across the Phang Nga Bay.

Krabi are now in 11th place with 21 points.

The YL1 will now break for a week as all teams prepare for a busy August schedule, with each team looking to play 6-8 matches in the month.

Boasting the most number of draws in the YL1 this season (10), Phuket urgently need to inspire/spark a winning streak if they hope to meet the goal of promotion to the elite Thai league, TPL.

Their next shot will be at home on Saturday, August 3, against 15th place Thai Tobacco Monopoly. Stay tuned for match teaser.

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— Steven Layne

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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